The daughter of a Mexican immigrant father and third-generation Mexican-American mother, I spent my early years among my mother’s immediate and extended family in the San Fernando Valley. I spent a portion of my childhood on the Texas-Mexico border in the city of El Paso, growing up near my father’s family.
In adolescence, my mother, siblings and I returned to Southern California--the land of Valley girls, lowriders, and GDIs (god-damned individuals). After graduating from UCSB, I ventured to Japan and Mexico to teach English returning to the Bay area to complete my doctorate in education from Stanford's Graduate School of Education.
As a department chair and professor, my professional interests have shifted having to contend with the changing ecology of higher education. Once only concerned with scheduling classes, student issues and university-wide collaboration, the roles of a department chair require new dispositions, skills and vision. I developed my some of leadership skills at the HERS Denver Summer Institute in 2011. These are some of the matters I am addressing, in no particular order:
With experience and expertise in some of these areas, I come at all issues with my maker spirit and a first-generation-college, student of color perspective. I seek to collaborate with faculty, staff and students to develop a dynamic and organic organization poised to provide a meaningful and relevant degree program for students.
I was one of five California Faculty Fellows on the Faculty Collaborative Project through American Association of Colleges and Universities. We developed and are evolving a digital hub called, California Faculty Collaborative, where I am the hub director. We aim to provide faculty professional learning for the emerging California higher education with attention to equity-minded practice, collaboration and interactive learning.